Summer dining is alive at North Fork & Hamptons hotels

East End hotel restaurants were not sought after historically, but in recent years they have been elevated to a new level. Whether they overlook the water or are tucked away in a historic inn, here are some East End hotel dining rooms worth checking out.

Naïa in Capri

What was once a global restaurant in trendy Capri is now decidedly Greek, which is not only trendy, but a perfect match for its lively poolside scene. Chef Pavlos Davarakis serves perfectly prepared versions of Hellenic favourites, from tomato or romaine salads to lavraki and lamb chops. There are also Hamptons fare, like a lobster Cobb, with big, succulent chunks of the favorite shellfish. Save room for the rosé pie with vanilla cream and graham cracker crust.

Claude’s at Southampton Inn

A new chef has enhanced the experience at this location in the resort. Enjoy a range of salads, as well as offerings such as jumbo prawns in aged cognac with pearl vegetable couscous; pork chop with minced apple cabbage and Vermont maple syrup infusion; and roast cod with peas, shiitake mushrooms and creamy anise sauce. Outdoor seating next to the large lawn has picnic tables, heaters and fire pits.

Blu Mar’s outdoor lounge
Dennis A. Clark, courtesy Blu Mar

Blu Mar at Harpoon House

No need for Uber when staying at this nine-bedroom boutique hotel within walking distance of everything in Southampton Village. Sit on one of the prettiest patios around or in the blooming hydrangea garden and enjoy a salad of roasted cauliflower, celery and hazelnuts with pomegranate seeds; rigatoni bolognese with veal, beef and red wine simmered in a tomato sauce; spaghetti studded with local clams and seasoned with garlic, peppers and pinot Grigio; Wild Long Island Striped Bass with Summer Corn and Black Truffles; or Colorado rack of lamb with mustard, herbs and goat cheese.

Lounge at Maidstone

Chef Andrew Doran, formerly of SALT and Inlet Seafood, has taken over the restaurant helm at this hotel across from East Hampton’s pTown Pond and serves a selection of local seafood and market produce. Along with the usual entrees, there’s now a full sushi menu with a sashimi platter and a variety of rolls including salmon, asparagus and cucumber; avocado and carrot crab; and a vegan roll with shiitake and plantain. The Maidstone has always been dog-friendly, so there’s a menu for your canine companion too.

Millhouse Inn Lobster Rolls

The mill inn

There are few more idyllic settings than the rose garden of this welcoming hotel which offers a legendary breakfast to its guests, including Montauk lobster rolls; steel cut oats with dried blueberries; omelette with mushrooms, goat cheese & fresh herbs; blueberry and cinnamon brioche French toast with apples, pears and dark rum; and a breakfast sandwich of sausage, mozzarella, reggiano, local eggs, Italian fried peppers, and heirloom tomato salad.

Si Si at EHP Resort & Marina

When the former East Hampton Point transformed into the beautifully designed EHP Resort & Marina last year, it opened this Mediterranean restaurant, with stunning harbor views, to keep up with its new found glamour. Start with crispy duck and melon; za’atar – roasted cauliflower; or green paccheri with sorrel and salsa verde; then we move on to a simple lamb burger with smoked feta; grilled heritage chicken in a saffron yogurt marinade; or a paella that feeds two to three — while ogling the boats.

Sunset Harbor at the EHP Resort & Marina

The resort has also opened another dining venue this season, with an equally stunning view. Aptly named Sunset Harbor, its dishes range from Pork Chop with Pomegranate and Black Vinegar to Spiced Caramel Peanuts and Pickled Serrano; to an EHP sushi roll of shrimp tempura, cucumber, eel sauce and caviar. Fire-grilled selections include spicy lobster with garlic butter and bone-in ribeye.

Scarpetta Beach at Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa in Gurney

Scarpetta at Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa

The eastern outpost of John Meadow’s popular Italian restaurant has oversized windows overlooking the ocean. Start with the crudo, like the tuna (you’d be hard pressed to find it any fresher, as it’s probably just come off one of the nearby boats) with carrot, chives and candied truffle; try pastas like lobster tagliolini nero; and upgrade to something hearty like braised prime rib with vegetables and farro; or black bass with salsa verde of endives, citrus fruits and pistachios.

Mostrador Marram in Marram

Chef Fernando Trocca and restaurateur Martin Pittaluga, who have welcomed restaurants in Uruguay, have brought their cuisine to an outdoor beach setting at this Montauk retreat, where they focus on seasonal seafood, local vegetables and fresh pastries.

The check
Courtesy of Chequit

The check

Acclaimed North Fork chef Noah Schwartz spearheads the dining program at Chequit, which has been completely renovated and is now operated by Stacey Soloviev, who will bring wines from her Peconic Bay vineyards to the hotel. There will be three restaurants – a new American farm-to-table establishment called The Tavern; an Asian concept -Weakfish Sushi & Noodles; and the Heights Cafe and Wine Bar. At the tavern, look for Noah’s signature smashburger, steaks, homemade pasta, pulled duck barbecue; and a raw bar.

Little Ram Oyster Company at The Shoals

The swanky Southold hotel which opened this season has a Little Ram Oyster Company Shuck Truck providing catering service. Among the treats, a pizza made with fresh clams, jalapeños, parsley and Parmesan cheese; local white fish ceviche with lime, mint, Thai bird chili and popcorn; and a soft-shell sandwich with julienne fries. Every Wednesday, the truck partners with a local winery for an oyster happy hour.

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